Delaware Park 2018 horses to watch: August 16
by Frank Vespe
Delaware Park has a nine-race card scheduled for Thursday, August 16, and the nightcap is for Arabians. Post time for the card is 1:15 p.m., and here are some horses to watch:
Race 3 – Maiden claiming
- Fillies and mares three and up that are Delaware Certified — there’s a condition you don’t see every day — are set to go six furlongs on the main track at a claiming level of $25,000.
- #1 Tidy Stripe (4-1) has made her last two starts in $16,000 maiden claiming company. Both races were taken off the turf and this one finished in the money both times, most recently coming in second while beaten five lengths. Trainer Kieron Magee has had a productive meet to date; he’s been in the money in 16 of 17 starts locally. Here, he’ll leg up meet-leading rider Carol Cedeno; this duo has won with exactly half of its six starts in the last two months at a tidy flat bet profit.
- Selections: 1-9-2-8
Race 8 – Maiden special weight
- Fillies and mares three and up will go 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf.
- #2 Beach Diva (4-1) gave a perfectly credible account of herself on debut, rallying from well off the pace to earn third despite some trip troubles in a Parx Racing maiden event. That was back in June, and the Christophe Clement trainee has been training steadily, if not especially speedily, since that test. This one is certainly bred to be a runner: she’s by top sire Malibu Moon out of the Kris S. mare Aristocratic Lady, who is the dam of graded stakes winners Zindaya and Western Aristocrat. This miss will run on Lasix for the first time and will have Brian Pedroza in the irons.
- Selections: 2-5-6-1
Arabian handicapping is provided by our friends at Arabian Finish Line.
Eight fillies and mares have been entered in this six-furlong maiden race. Marsanne MHF is the stronger half of the Mandolynn Hill Farm entry, as she has finished second twice in three starts. Morning line favorite, Crimson Mary, gets leading jockey Carol Cedeno, thus warranting serious consideration. Foxy Roxy, who has finished second or third in 50% of her starts, is worth considering in the top three. There are two first time starters in the race, and both have potential to be good ones. RB Blastfromthepast comes from the winning trio of Rosebrook Farm, Jerenesto Torrez and Keibar Coa. Jazmun CS is by the great international sire Munjiz and is trained by Scott Powell, who has done extremely well with first time starters this year.